HE the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani chaired on Wednesday the Cabinet's meeting at the Emiri Diwan premises.
After the meeting, HE the Minister of Justice and acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Hassan bin Lahdan al-Mohannadi said that the Cabinet welcomed the launch of Second National Development Strategy (2018-2022), calling it an important step towards realising Qatar National Vision 2030.
The Prime Minister directed ministries and designated authorities to place the necessary plans and projects to implement the strategy. The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics has been asked to prepare follow-up reports on the progress made, that would be presented periodically to the Cabinet.
The Cabinet also discussed the subjects on the meeting's schedule. The first subject was to take the necessary procedures to issue three draft laws, after the Cabinet examined the recommendations of the Advisory Council. The draft laws in question were on establishing a national council for tourism, regulating the tourism industry, and regulating business events.
The second subject on schedule was the amendment of some provisions of law No. 15 of 2002 on civil aviation. The amendments aim to update the law in line with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
The third subject on schedule was approving a draft Cabinet decision amending some provisions of law No. 26 of 2017, establishing a committee that co-ordinates between entities operating in Hamad International Airport (HIA).
The fourth subject on the meeting's schedule was to approve a draft decision by the Minister of Municipality and Environment to adopt international standards.
The Cabinet then discussed four letters from Cabinet members and took the appropriate measures regarding them. The first letter was from the Minister of Economy and Commerce on amending some provisions of law No. 11 of 2015 on commercial companies. The amendment involves scrapping the required bank deposit of a limited liability company's capital.
The second letter was from the Minister of Developmental Planning and Statistics on the result of a study by the ministry on the country's demographics, and the notes of the ministers regarding them.
The third letter was from the Ministry of Transport and Communications on the periodic report on the works of the e-government committee. The report covered the period from July 1 to December 31, 2017. The committee is chaired by the Minister of Transport and Communications, and has members from all the designated authorities. It is charged with the follow-up of the implementation of the e-government strategy. It also co-ordinates between the Ministry of Transport and other ministries and governmental authorities to ensure the strategy is progressing as planned.
The fourth letter was from the head of the tax appeal committee of the Ministry of Finance. It was related to the report on the committee's work from July 1 to December 31, 2017.
The committee is chaired by a judge from the court of appeals and its members are from the designated authorities. The committee issues verdicts on the tax appeals presented.
The committee then presents its periodic reports to the Cabinet on the appeals it received and the verdicts it gave regarding them.